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Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents

Planet Hip Hop Festival with Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, Meryem Saci, and Poetic Pilgrimage

Curated by Nomadic Wax

What: Afternoon workshops and evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including London’s spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci as a solo artist, and the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist. Using hip hop as a platform to explore issues of social importance—faith, peace, unity, social justice—educate individuals, and inspire change, the evening concert will also feature the Nomadic Wax Collective, a live backing band that will include bass, drums, keys, guitar, and a DJ. This event is part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where:

  • Three workshops (between 11am and 5pm): World Music Hall, located at 40 Wyllys Avenue on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut.
  • Concert(9pm): Fayerweather Beckham Hall, located at 55 Wyllys Avenue on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut.

About: As a teenager, singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci moved with her family from her native war-torn Algeria to Canada. She joined the multi-cultural Montreal hip hop group Nomadic Massive in 2005, opening for Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Public Enemy, and Busta Rhymes, and appearing with the group at Trinity College’s International Hip Hop Festival in 2010. This performance at Wesleyan will be Ms. Saci’s United States debut as a solo artist. Meryem Saci’s workshop, “Music Is Medicine: Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul,” will take place at 11am. In the workshop, Ms. Saci will explore her experiences as a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman. She will unpack the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide, pulling examples and lessons from her own history and life story.

Singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh was featured on the track “Don’t Feel Right” on the album “Game Theory” (2006) by The Roots, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rap Album.” She also appeared with the group in Dave Chappelle’s hip hop documentary “Block Party” (2005). Ms. Youssef ‘s first full-length solo album “The Blooming” (2011) was included The Washington Post’s list of best D.C. music of that year, saying “This R&B/soul/hip-hop dynamo delivers a vibrant collection of songs…every track is an impressive showcase of the up-and-coming performer.” Her single “I Got A Man,” produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff, has been featured on VH1 and BET. Ms. Youssef has toured as a supporting vocalist for The Roots as well as Lalah Hathaway, Zap Mama, and Common, and has performed with Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Nas, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, among others. This performance at Wesleyan will be Ms. Youssef’s New England debut as a solo artist. Maimouna Youssef’s workshop, “Freestyling through the History of American Music – Improvisation 101,” will take place at 1:45pm. The workshop will take participants on a vocal journey chronologically through various genres of American music using the pillars of Islam from a female perspective. Participants will learn to use improvisation techniques to share their personal experiences while having loads of musical fun.

Born in Bristol, England to Jamaican migrant parents, Muneera Rashida and Sukina Abdul Noor formed the spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage in 2002, and converted to Islam in 2005. Fusing the spiritual mysticism of Alice Coltrane with the sounds of Gil Scott-Heron and A Tribe Called Quest, their music is a portrait of resistance, challenging a hostile environment with unparalleled lyricism and thought-provoking content. Poetic Pilgrimage opened for Talib Kweli’s 2008 tour of Norway. In 2009, the duo were featured at the South by Southwest Festival supporting Mr. Lif, and were the first British group to perform at Trinity College’s International Hip Hop Festival, sharing the bill with Blitz the Ambassador. Poetic Pilgrimage’s workshop, “The Art of Rhyme: Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing,” will take place at 3:30pm. In this workshop, the group will explore the topic of Islam and hip hop using poetry and verse writing, supported by a live DJ. After a short lecture, participants will have an opportunity to write a four-bar verse on a topic relating to the subject of Islam and hip hop. Poetic Pilgrimage will coach participants through the writing and performing process, and participants will have the opportunity to present their verses at the Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert at 9pm.

Nomadic Wax is a U.S.-based social enterprise that produces music, film, and educational events aimed at creating cross-cultural exchange and increasing awareness of global issues. Nomadic Wax links diverse communities and encourages social and cultural dialogues through art. Founded in 2001 as a fair trade record label and production company of African hip hop and urban music, Nomadic Wax has grown into an internationally recognized brand firmly rooted at the intersection of urban media and social change.

Admission:

  • Three workshops (Meryem Saci – 11am; Maimouna Youssef – 1:45pm; Poetic Pilgrimage – 3:30pm): $12 per workshop, or $30 for all three workshops. Workshops are free for Wesleyan students. Lunch provided for participants.
  • Concert (9pm)$18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students.

Special Offers: Purchase a Passport to Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan by Saturday, September 20, 2014 and see the evening concert for only $12.50! Click here for more details about this special offer: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/passportevents2014-2015.html

Ticketing Information: To purchase tickets online, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the performances, subject to availability. The Center for the Arts accepts cash, checks written to “Wesleyan University,” and all major credit cards. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges.

For More Information: For more information and to watch preview videos of all the artists, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/mwv.

 

BE THERE!!

http://www.wesleyan.edu/themash

Audition Notice: Open to all Wesleyan Students and Community

Calling all Actors, Singers, Dancers and Musicians!

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Theater and Music departments’ production of In The Heights since it rocked the Broadway world in 2008. In The Heights started right here on campus, in a Second Stage production at the Patricelli ‘92 Theater!

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 and book by playwriting faculty Quiara Alegría Hudes, this award-winning musical about life in New York City’s Washington Heights asks for a diverse cast and various performing expertise.

***Please note: students performing in this faculty production will receive a full course credit***

We are looking for actors, singers, dancers, rappers, musicians, and more. Want to work backstage? Please contact Stage Manager Miranda Haymon at mhaymon@wesleyan.edu as soon as possible!

Sign up for an audition on the call board in the Theater Department foyer:

Vocal Auditions – Thursday 9/4, Friday 9/5 - 5 to 10pm, Saturday 9/6 – 12 to 5pm Dance auditions – Sunday 9/7 - 1:30 to 4:30pm Call backs (as necessary) – Thursday 9/11 and Friday 9/12 - 5 to 10pm

¯Piano accompanist available on Wednesday 9/3 from 5:30-7:30pm to practice one song, one time through per student auditoner. Email Aileen Lambert at ajlambert@wesleyan.edu for location and to reserve a spot. ¯Vocal Auditions to be held in the CFA Theater and/or Theater Studio (TST 001). Dance Auditions to be held in Fayerweather 106/108. ¯For audition instructions, character list, sides/vocal parts: www.wesleyan.edu/theater, click on side bar link.

Questions? Email Stage Manager Miranda Haymon (‘16)  – mhaymon@wesleyan.edu

Pit Orchestra Auditions are being held for the following positions:

Please note: Interested individuals must IMMEDIATELY contact Nadya Potemkina (npotemkina@wesleyan.edu) to schedule an audition

Reed (requires proficiency in all of the following: flute/piccolo, clarinet, SATB saxophone), Trumpet (B-flat, flugel, piccolo), Trombone, Keyboard/rehearsal accompanist (paid student-worker position, requires solid sight-reading skills; prior accompanying experience is a plus), Guitar, Bass, Drums/percussion

 

 

Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus!  While you have been away, there have been new developments in the Sciences, which may be important to you.  Since the College was just approved, courses related to the CIS were not listed during pre-registration.

A core mission of this new college is to develop student skills in interdisciplinary thinking and science research that cuts across disciplines. Interdisciplinary approaches are becoming vital for success and growth in our current technology driven society.

To introduce students to these challenges, the CIS is offering a new seminar course, “Research Frontiers in research1 the Sciences” (CIS 221/222).  The course is open to all students who have completed at least an introductory science course, and forms the gateway for students who are interested in the “linked-major” offered by the CIS.  It is available in add-drop.  The 0.50 credit course meets Fridays, 2:40-3:30 p.m.

Visit our webpages (http://www.wesleyan.edu/cis), check out wesmaps, or contact me for further information.

Have a productive semester!   Prof. Francis W. Starr, Professor, Physics Department, and Director, College of Integrative Sciences

Dear members of the sophomore class,

researchAre you planning to declare a major in History this year?  Do you think you might study abroad in the fall semester of your junior year?  And are you ready for the intellectual challenge of a lifetime?

If the answer to these three questions is “yes”, then you should consider taking HIST 362 this fall.  This course is required of all History majors and is supposed to be taken in the fall of the junior year.  It is only offered in the fall semester every year.  The History Department has decided to open one section of this course this fall to prospective majors in the sophomore class.

Questions?  Email wpinch@wesleyan.edu.

Take a break from your studies, get your Wes I.D., and come to the

 

thumbnailCAS420Y8CLASS OF 2017 STUDY BREAK

 

SUNDAES ON SUNDAY!!

 

Sunday, May 11   9 p.m.   Allbritton 311

 

Get some coffee and PAINT YOUR NAME ON THE 2017 CLASS BANNER!

 

Sponsored by the 2017 Class Council

 

KarlReid Poster

Victorian Mamas

 

Please join the College of the Environment 

as we host 

FILMMAKER ABBY HORTON ’11 

in VICTORIA MAMAS

Short film screening and discussion

On Wednesday, April 30 – NOON 

Downey House Room 113

 Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP by April 28th

to VMARINELLI@WESLEYAN.EDU

 

CAAS lecture

 

COME ENJOY SOME FABULOUS PIZZA AND

HEAR FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCES FROM A PANEL OF FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS

AT WESLEYAN!

Tuesday, April 29   5:00 – 6:30 PM

41 WYLLYS, ROOM 114

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